Adira Fierro-Villa

Faculty Advisors: 

Hyunjoon Park, Emily Hannum, Grace Kao

Research Interests: 

Sociology of education, family and social stratification, and Latin American Studies


Adira is a third year doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a University of Guadalajara scholar. Adira Fierro-Villa's research seeks to understand the current condition of education in Latin American countries and the causal relationship that exists with family structures. Her more recent work titled "Family Structure and Parental Involvement in Mexico" portrays how single motherhood affects the amount of parental involvement dedicated to children. More specifically, she explains how different types of single motherhood have an impact on time spent with children. Adira contributed to the underdeveloped area of study for western societies and Latin American studies in general: single motherhood because of migration and jail in relation with children's education.

Adira completed her bachelor degree in Administrative Finance and Systems at the University of Guadalajara. Later, she received a master in Public Administration at the University of North Texas, where she was recognized as a member of both the Honor Global Society of Public Affairs and Administration, and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Regarding her professional experience, Adira is a research consultant for different universities. She is also a Graduate Associate of the University of Pennsylvania. Adira is a member of the Forum for Cooperation Understanding and Solidarity US-Mex. She has also participated in several student congress as representative of student societies. She has participated in the OCLAE, the Caribbean and Latin American Students' Organization, in Ecuador in 2009 as deputy of the North American countries. Among her accolades, she was elected twice as deputy of the highest council of the University of Guadalajara. She was also elected president of the student body of the School of Economics and Management at the University of Guadalajara during the 2010-20111 academic years. Currently, she is a recipient of the University of Guadalajara's Prestigious Post Graduate Study Abroad scholarship.

Published work:

"Public Service and Good Governance vs. Corruption and Self-Promotion: MPA Programs in Mexico" (in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, pp. 615-634).

Contact Information: 

McNeil 156

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